U.S. to Invest $400 Million in 5G Wireless Research

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2016-07-15 Print this article Print

The AWRI will include an $85 million investment in four city-scale advanced wireless testing platforms to be developed through the public-private efforts that will include the NSF and the more than 20 tech companies and associations—including the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), CTIA and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)—and another $350 million spent over the next seven years in academic research that can use the testing platform.

The platforms will include a network of software-defined radio antennas throughout the cities that essentially mimic existing cellular networks. The hope is that the platforms—which will launch in 2017—and research will drive innovation in 5G and beyond, White House officials said.

Along with the AWRI, there will be other coordinated projects and investments that touch on other federal agencies. The NSF also is working with Intel Labs on a $6 million initiative to develop the technology to enable the processing of very large quantities of information with a response time of less than a millisecond, and with the Academy of Finland on a $4.7 million effort to research frameworks, architectures, protocols, tools and methodologies to design and analyze wireless communication systems and networks for supporting the IoT.

In addition, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will determine the viability of technologies being developed under its Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) using the testing platforms announced by the Obama administration and the NSF. The SC2 challenged competitors to develop new wireless technologies that enable radio networks to autonomously collaborate and learn how to share radio-frequency (RF) spectrum.


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